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  • Lima
  • Nazca
  • Arequipa
  • Puno
  • Uros
  • Amantani Island
  • Taquile Island
  • Cuzco

Discover Peru for just over 2 weeks and never cease wondering if the long list of awe-inspiring places ever comes ends down here. Welcome. You are in the land of 'the Andean condor', not only the largest bird in the world but also a majestic high-flyer that can travel up to 172 km with 1 single beat of his wings! Stuff Andean legends and myths are made up of. And you are privileged to stand by and watch! Believe us it is not the only one that will capture you imagination. The almost otherworldly splendour of sites such as Machu Picchu, the mysterious geometry of the Nazca lines, the mighty and highest navigable lake in the world, Lake Titicaca, and the magical Sacred Valley of the Incas. Admit it, this is a journey packed with highlights from start to finish. To acclimatize in Lima and enjoy the city of Cusco and its surroundings to the fullest, you will stay here for several nights. Bottom line: this journey is gone to leave you breathless in more than one way!

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Day 1 & 2 - Lima

Welcome at Lima airport and transfer to the hotel.Tomorrow you have a ful lday to explore the city of Lima. Capital city located in the heart of the narrow coastal strip separating the Pacific Ocean from the Andes. Lima derives its name from a fruit evoking the soul of a woman. The city has been nicknamed "Pearl of the Pacific" thanks to its romantic charm inspired by a rich past and its contemporary witnesses foun din the presence of old churches, magnificent squares and quaint houses.

Optional Excursion Day 2

Half day visit to the city of Lima. Colonial Lima: the historic centre with 50 monuments and colonial buildings, the Art Museum, the Law Courts, the squares, the Palaces of the Government and the Archbishop, the Cathedral with the tomb of Francisco Pizarro, founder of the city of Lima. Next stop is the San Francisco Monastery with its catacombs. Walk through modern Lima: panoramic views of the beautiful residential areas such as El Olivar in San Isidro, Miraflores, the Pucllana Pyramid & Love Park. Afternoon at leisure.

Standard Hotel:  El Ducado
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Superior Hotel:  La Hacienda
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Day 3 & 4 - Lima > Nazca

Your day starts with a transfer to the bus station and bus trip to Nazca. Once arrived your transfer awaits again to bring you to your hotel, your home for the next 2 nights. Tomorrow you can enjoy a full day exploring Nazca and its surroundings. The Nazcalines are well-known and due to their size best visible from the sky. They depict images of animal and geometric figures. The mummy cemetery in Chauchilla as well will definitely appeal to your imagination.

Optional excursion (day 4): 

  • Flight over the mysterious Nasca lines (30 min) and visit to the cemetary of Chauchilla. 
Standard Hotel:  Alegria
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Superior Hotel:  Casa Andina (std)
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Day 5 > 7 - Nazca > Arequipa

After your morning transfer to the bus station, the bus trip will take you to Arequipa, the second largest city in Peru, where your transfer and hotel room has been pre-arranged. You will reside here for the next 3 nights. An abundance of time to explore this beautiful and vibrant city full of colonial influences, monumental churches and cozy squares. Definitely pop in at the Santa Catalina monastery where the nuns enjoyed a very exuberant lifestyle. The Colca canyon, 160 km further on, is worth the effort as well. It is the second deepest canyon in the world, twice as deep as Grand Canyon! Old traditions and ways of life survived in the picturesque villages nearby. Nature buffs may want to visit The Cruz del Condor from where you can observe the Andes Condor in full glory.

Optional excursions (day 6 & 7) 

  • Half day visit to the city of Arequipa and the Santa Catalina monastery. Enjoy the beautiful city and Misti volcano views from Yanahuara and Carmen Alto. Visit of the Santa Catalina Monastery, the town square, the Cathedral, the Saint Francis complex and Casa del Moral with its baroque mestizo architecture.

  • Full day visit to Colca Canyon. Early start (usually around 3am), a route through a high plateau landscape with typical fauna and flora, to a maximum altitude of 4,900 meters. View of 6 volcanoes followed by a drive to the village of Chivay (3,600m) and the lookout point "La Cruz del Condor" where you can observe the beautiful canyon landscape and possibly the condor, the largest bird in the High Andes. Visit the typical villages of Yanque, Maca… and their colonial churches, overlooking an incredible amount of pre-Inca terraces. Optional visit in the afternoon: the thermal springs and pools of La Calera. Arrival at the hotel around 5 pm.
Standard Hotel:  Posada Nueva España
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Superior Hotel:  Maison dElise
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Day 8 - Arequipa > Puno

Like all previous days, your next adventure starts with a transfer to the bus station and a bus trip, transfer and check-in at your hotel. This time your destination is Puno. In Puno itself there is not much to visit, besides of a number of small museums including the Casa del Corregidor, Coca Museum and Museo Carlos Dreyer. Yet the place buzzes with nice, affordable and cozy retaurants and In the centre you can climb the Mirador Manco Capac for perfect views of the city.

Standard Hotel:  Camino Real (Continental Breakfast)
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Superior Hotel:  Casa Andina (Standard)
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Day 9 - Puno > Uros Islands > Amantani Island

In the morning (mostly between 7 & 8am) you leave for a visit to the Uros Islands (1h30). These artificial islands are located in the Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake in the world. Then you board a boat to Amantani island where you check into your basic local hut for the night. After lunch, a programmed trekking takes you to the temple of Pacha Tata and Pacha Mama. Dinner is foreseen as well.

Standard Hotel:  Stay with locals (Breakfast)
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Superior Hotel:  Stay with locals (Breakfast)
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Day 10 - Puno > Taquile Island > Puno

Today you enjoy breakfast before the crack of dawn (6.30am) because with a little luck you will soon witness a stunning sunrise. By boat you reach the island of Taquile that you explore at your own pace. In the late afternoon -say by 4pm- you reach your hotel in Puno.

Standard Hotel:  Camino Real (Continental Breakfast)
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Superior Hotel:  Casa Andina (Standard)
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Day 11, 12 & 13 - Puno > Cuzco

Transfer to the Puno bus station for your bus trip to Cuzco. Upon arrival you check in at your hotel. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow 2 full days of discovery await focussed on Cuzco city and the surrounding Sacred Valley. The Incas believed that Cuzco was the residence of the gods and as such the town was bound to become the capital of the Inca empire. A European architecture in combination with the mind-boggling Inca building techniques and a strong Spanish influence make this city unique to the very core and unlike any other in Peru. The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu is one of many sites why Cuzco was been declared the archaeological capital of South America.

Optional excursion (day 11)

  • By tourist bus to Cusco (394km, 7 am-5.30pm), an itineray lined with villages and mountains. Visit during transfer to Cusco: the Pukara Museum with sculptures dating back to the pre-Inca culture. The Raya's Pass with its many llamas and alpacas. Raqchi or Wiracocha Temple and the Andahualyllas with the Sistine Chapel of the Americas with its beautiful paintings, jewelry and colonial art. (lunch)

Optional excursions (day 12 & 13 )

  • Half day visit to Cusco with the Cathedral, the Qorikancha Temple, Saqsayhuaman, Q'enqo where religious ceremonies used to take place, the Inca checkpoint Puca Pucara, and the religious site Tambomachay and its connection with water in the form of fountains, aqueducts and canals.
  • Full day visit to Sacred Valley visiting Awana Kancha weaving mill, Pisac local market, Urubamba and Ollantaytambo archaeological site. (lunch).
Standard Hotel:  Plaza Nazarenas
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Superior Hotel:  Andean Wings
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Day 14 - Machu Picchu

The most tremendous highlight of this tour is still to come: to trott the soil of the magic Machu Picchu. In order to get there, you board the train at Poroy and rail to this last refuge of the Inca's. This magnificent site is an absolute must see for anyone beside the fact it belongs to the 7 world wonders. The impressive Machu Picchu site would have been built by the Incas in the 2nd half of the 15th century. You return by rail as well. Transfer and check in at your hotel.

Optional excursion:  

  • Private visit (+/- 3 hours) to the ruins of Machu Picchu
Standard Hotel:  Plaza Nazarenas
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Superior Hotel:  Andean Wings
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Day 15 - Cuzco

Transfer to Cuzco airport.

Hotels & Meals

In Peru, each region has its own flavours and flairs when it comes to cooking. At any stage during your travel you will be able to try out something new. And it's a big country, so there’s a big choice !!! Tomatoes, potatoes, corn and red peppers are the main ingredients of the Peruvian cuisine!

Typical dishes are ceviche (raw fish marinated in lime juice), aji de gallina (chicken, processed yellow chili sauce) and recotto relleno (chilli peppers stuffed with meat, potatoes and eggs). Do not be surprised if you are served guinea pig, cuy in Peruvian. This is a very popular dish among locals and highly recommended!

Make sure to try Peru’s national drink, Pisco Sour. This cocktail is made with lime, sugar, water and egg white and is a true delight, for the alcohol lovers amongst you!

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals must be in possession of a Belgian international e-passport (electronic). As from 9 June 2018 Peru Custom Officials will start a strict enforcement of the passport validity, which is set to a minimum of 6 months of validity at the date of entry Any stay not exceeding 90 days for tourism purposes do not require a visum.  Interesting and essential travel information can be found on travel Advice Gov.UK . A temporary passport is not valid for entry.

  • A credit card is mandatory for hotel stays and car rentals.

  • Travelers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travelers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents. 

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections’ Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Time Zones

  • -7 hours

Currency

Currency

  • Nuevo Sol: (PEN); 100 PEN = 26.97 EUR; 1 EUR = 3.71 PEN (30/10/19)

Payment methods

The most convenient method of payment is by credit card but cash euros and dollars in small amount come in handy. ATMs should be available in the larger cities.

Climate

Peru has a temperate climate. Exception is the tropical Amazon region where the average temperature is around 28° C. For dry coastal strip that rarely sees rain and the temperature often varies between 14° C and 22° C the most favorable months are October to April. For the Andes and Amazon that period runs from April to October. Indeed, the Sierra enjoys a spring climate. Temperatures drop significantly depending on the altitude (between 8° and 18° C lower) and travel to Cuzco and Machu Picchu is not recommended during the months of January and February!

Average Max. Temperatures (in °C):
Destination J F M A M J J A S O N D
Cuzco 17 17 17 18 18 18 17 18 18 19 19 18
Lima 26 27 26 24 22 20 19 18 19 20 22 24
Machu Picchu 17 17 17 18 18 18 17 18 18 19 19 18
Puno 15 15 16 16 16 15 15 15 15 16 16 16

What's included?

  • 14 nights in the mentioned or equivalent hotels with breakfast
  • Listed transfers with local driver (Spanish speaking) or by bus as mentioned
  • Day 9-10: Indicated group visits with English speaking guide, entrance fees, 1x dinner + 1x lunch
  • Day 14: Visit in group to Machu Picchu (3h, bus & 1x entrance fee)
  • Price per person sharing on the basis of double occupancy

What's not included?

International and domestic flights, airport fees for this program: indicative price: from € 897 / person (All info in your Connections travel shop), not mentioned services, tips, meals and drinks, personal expenses and tips.

Good to Know

OPTIONAL EXCURSION CLUSTER AS FROM € 520/PERS.

To make your experience of Peru more intense, we give you the opportunity to book the excursion cluster below including the services of an English speaking guide.
Your excursion package includes:

Day 2 Half day visit to colonial and modern Lima
Day 4 Visit to Chauchilla and flight over Nazca lines
Day 6 Half day visit to Arequipa and Santa Catalina
Day 7 Full day visit to the Colca Canyon
Day 8 Visit to Sillustani
Day 11 Tourist bus Puno-Cuzco with guide, visit, entrance fees and lunch
Day 12 Half day visit to Cuzco, including entrance fees
Day 13 Full day visit to Sacred Valley, including entrance fees and lunch
Day 14 Private guided visit (3 hours) to Machu Picchu

INCA TRAIL TREKKING € 380/PERS.

Is the well-known Inca Trail still part of your travel bucket list? Why wait! We can include it in this itinerary. All it takes is 3 additional nights addd to your existing itinerary.
Let us advice you
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SALKANTAY TRAIL TREKKING € 275/PERS.

Lesser know but at least as beautiful, the Salkantay Trail trekking comes really recommended.

Standard Price per person


COSPERU2/During Christmas, local holidays and the week prior and after Easter prices are on request.


Superior Price per person


COSPERU2/During Christmas, local holidays and the week prior and after Easter prices are on request.


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